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Year 9 Comprehension – A Gun for Sale 

This three-lesson mini-unit is designed to help upper KS3 learners develop their comprehension skills with an eye towards GCSE. It is made up of a 44-slide PowerPoint presentation, 8 worksheets and a comprehension exercise using an extract from Graham Greene’s ‘A Gun for Sale’. 


Lesson One

- An introduction to KS3 comprehension

- How to approach a comprehension exercise (the dos and don'ts)

- Approaching an extract – what to look for on a first and second reading

- Understanding unfamiliar vocabulary and using deduction skills

- How to write an extended answer about language and techniques 

Lesson Two

- How to refer to the text and use quotes effectively

- How to write an extended answer about structure

- A 45-minute comprehension exercise

Lesson Three

- Feedback on student responses to the comprehension task and discussion of success criteria

- All five comprehension questions and answers explored in detail

- Exemplar/model answers for all five questions

Year 9 Comprehension - A Gun for Sale has everything you need to help you develop essential comprehension skills at upper KS3. Click on 'View all Slides' and the images to preview the whole resource.

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